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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 22, 2004 9:17am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Hot Mikado versus Swing Mikado

Mar 23, 1939, New York Times

'HOT MIKADO' OPENS HERE THIS EVENING

Bill Robinson, Tap Dancer, to Have Title Role in Negro Production by Todd

A RIVAL OF WPA SHOW

Holds Forth at Broadhurst -- The Theatre Guild Loses Two Spring Shows

A second negro production of "The Mikado" in modern swing tempo, entitled "The Hot Mikado," opens tonight at the Broadhurst with Bill Robinson, the tap dancer, in the lead role. This is the version sponsored by Michael Todd, who carried on a lively argument with the WPA in regard to the Federal Government's original production of "The Swing Mikado," now current at the New Yorker. Out in Illinois, incidentally, another "Mikado" in jazz time is scheduled to tour vaudville houses, starting tomorrow.

Mr. Todd's production finds Robert Parrish as Nanki-Poo, Eddie Green as Ko-Ko, Maurice Ellis as Poo-Bah, Gwendolyn Reyde as Yum-Yum, Rosa Brown as Katisha, James A. Lillard as Pish-Tush, Roseeta LeNoire as Peep-Bo and Frances Brock as Pitti-Sing. Hasard Short directed; Nat Karson did the sets and costumes and Charles L. Cooke made the modern orchestral arrangements.

Tonight's premiere will mark the first time that the government and a commercial producer will openly compete with each other with basically the same attraction. "The Hot Mikado" will have a box-office scale ranging from 55 cents to $3.30. the management persistently refused to reveal how many of the 55-cent and $1.10 seats would be available, but elsewhere it was learned that there would be about 100 seats at 55 cents and 200 at $1.10. The top price for the WPA's "Swing Mikado" is $1.10.

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Poster: Marysz Date: Jul 23, 2004 1:50pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Hot Mikado versus Swing Mikado

The Hot Mikado is periodically revived. I saw a great version of it in Washington, D.C. a few years ago. And there's a CD out of the London production. It's been re-vamped from the show that was at the World's Fair, but the concept is the same.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Jul 23, 2004 2:23pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Hot Mikado versus Swing Mikado

Cool! I'm always interested in finding things that survived from the 1939 Fair...